Who Invented IBC’s
The concept of the IBC was patented in 1993 by inventor Olivier J. L. D’Hollander of Limelett, Belgium on behalf of Dow Corning S.A. It was inspired by the patent of a “Fold up wire frame containing a plastic bottle”, patented in 1990 by Dwight E. Nicols for Hoover Group Inc.
An intermediate bulk container (IBC), IBC tote, or pallet tank, is a reusable industrial container designed for the transport and storage of bulk liquids.
IBCs are used across a wide range of industries for liquid transport and storage, including:
- Paints and coatings
- Food ingredients
- Pharmaceutical ingredients
- Wines and other beverages
Among other benefits, IBCs are easy to handle, durable, reusable, environmentally friendly, offering the storage capacity of five standard drums and providing the ability to transport materials more efficiently in fewer containers.
Some users however experienced problems due to product settling in transport and storage, mixer suppliers offered portable mixers adapt to fit on an IBC which had a limited effect due to the restricted size of the opening and the range of product SG & viscosities.
The need for a dedicated IBC mixer capable of re-mixing a range of products with different (SG) specific gravity and viscosity was recognized by Euromixers founder Howard Stafford and in 2000 the company was formed, one of the first products developed was a dedicated IBC mixer with a unique design of folding impeller (E-400) capable of mixing a wide range of products.